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First Timer to Japan: Trains

When Billy and I created our itinerary for Japan, we thought that it may have been a bit ambitious. We planned to do a big loop in central Japan, spending extended time in 6 cities with a few stops in-between over the course of two and a half weeks. This would have been break-neck speed in Europe. And I don't know about ...

Tokyo Park

First Timer to Japan: Gardens and Cherry Blossoms

Earlier this year, my partner and I went on a two-week adventure to Japan for my 30th birthday year. It's been a dream of mine to visit Japan and explore all its cultural and natural wonders. I haven't done any travel blogging in ages, so I thought that a small photo series of my discoveries in Japan could be helpful for ...

Is Alberta the Texas of the North?

I recently went to Dallas for a Library Communications and Marketing conference. It was awesome but I'm not talking about that today. My goal for this post is to put to rest the stereotype that Alberta is the Texas of Canada by comparing Dallas to Alberta's two big centres, Calgary and Edmonton. Let's see if it works... and ...

Flamingo by Alexander Calder (1974)

Public Art in Chicago

When I went to Chicago, I expected to discover art and urban culture. There's the world famous Art Institute of Chicago, which I planned to spend an entire afternoon in (and I did). What I didn't expect was to see huge public art sculptures all over the city as we explored the downtown neighbourhoods. [caption ...

Best Eats of Chicago

What can I say about Chicago? It's a huge metropolitan city with a prairie feel. Midwest hospitality is a real thing and results in the best customer service experience I've ever had. I thought Canadians were some of the friendliest in the world but I think we may have some competition from the folks of the ...

Grote Markt, Leuven during Christmas

Urban Dictionary – Flemish Party Slang

Over Christmas, Billy and I went over to Belgium to spend the holidays with our family on the other side of the pond. During numerous nights out, I asked some of his friends what are some nightlife slang words in Flemish, or Vlaams. All of them were eager to share - it seems they are enthusiastic about my Vlaams studies. ...

Hitchhiking Women: Courageous or Crazyness?

I just returned from a week in the Rocky Mountains and I noticed there were quite a few hitch hikers. The majority were men but there was one woman, outside of Jasper, Alberta, with two large suitcases, looking put together, clean, and glamourous with oversized, round, Lady Gaga-esque sunglasses. There is no doubt in my mind ...